It was a finger-painting of a rainbow in a sunny field drawn on old-school construction paper back when I was in pre-school. It was rolled up in an dusty shoe box atop a cob-web infested closet and had hard water stains on the edges from a leak caused by Hurricane Andrew that had long ago been patched up. It was so delicate that when I rolled it open, it started ripping at the edges. My first masterpiece had not been well-preserved. But I couldn’t bare to throw it away. Instead, I took it home, cut it up into a dozen salvageable pieces, découpaged the heck out of the resulting slivers and remounted it on a bright, shiny new canvas. I brushed on an extra layer of shine for good measure. My resurrected work of art proudly hangs above my dining room entryway, happily awaiting a complement from anyone who comes to visit. I can’t wait to find my next artistic treasure to bring back to life and the resulting magic that happens when the budding artist I was back then meets the evolved artist I’ve become.
As we all experienced the most unprecedented year in modern history, the resilient young professionals you’re about to meet withstood all the challenges that came with the pandemic, and stepped up to the plate like never before to hit the professional homeruns of their lives while inspiring the next generation to dream big and reach for the stars.
Around the world, Jackson Health System is known for saving lives. At the new, state-of-the-art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, they go even further: They give patients their lives back.